Comments are open. Where did you eat last night?
Lawry’s the Prime Rib. Got reservations for 6:15pm, even though I called Sat. afternoon. No place else could seat us before 8:15, so thanks go to Lars, who did the booking.
RW menu gets you a large plate of their famed spinning salad, featuring their acclaimed house dressing, which was indeed very good. Kind of a small selection of entrees (6oz. prime rib, rainbow trout or pork spare ribs). Both of us opted for the prime rib, which is carved tableside (if you didn’t know, Lawry’s is very big on tableside presentation). The carver brings over what looks like a huge smoker and cuts your selection according to order.
The prime rib was very tender and flavorful(better than Al Biernats, which I had earlier). Whipped potatoes with au jus come with the meal. $7 gets you a choice of creamed spinach or creamed corn; we got the spinach, which was ok (more spinach than cream, which is nice for a change). Housemade whipped horseradish was very good.
Dessert was strawberry trifle, which sounded unexciting, so we got that bagged to go and ordered the hot fudge sundae off the menu (Henry’s Ice Cream, Lawry’s own fudge sauce, fresh whipped cream). Best sundae I’ve had in….ever? If you order the a la carte veggie and a dessert off the reg. menu, your bill will be over $120 with tip, but it was still a very nice meal and a nice, relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. Serious props to Kenneth, our server, who served more as a Master of Ceremonies than a waiter.
Nicest surprise came during a trip to the mens room. COLD water actually came out of the faucet, which I haven’t felt since April.
Sat night we went to the French Room in the Adolphus. We were promptly seated at a table near the center of the gorgeous room. Francisco, our waiter, was a bit theatrical, but also friendly. He and his assistant kept things moving without us feeling rushed. Fantastic overflowing bread basket. The flat bread and whole grain were standouts. For apps, we chose the baby greens salad and the crab cake (additional $5 charge). Crunchy fried onions topped the salad which was dressed with flavorful vinaigrette. The crab cake was the highlight of the meal. Moist, tender, huge chunks of crab with a tomato jam on top and a rich creamy sauce underneath. For entrees, we tried the beef tenderloin (additional $5 charge), snapper and sea bass. Our beef was overcooked and was neither flavorful nor tender. Both fish plates were excellent. My only complaint was with the unpleasant fava bean puree plopped on top the sea bass. For dessert, we sampled the Grand Marnier soufflé (additional charge), a peanut butter/chocolate cake with caramel ice cream, and an Orangecello parfait. They were all good, but nothing to get too excited about. Portion sizes were definitely on the small side. Not sure if that was because of RW or if that’s the norm. Although the service was friendly, I did feel that we were treated a bit differently—we’re obviously not regulars. Overall, quite a deal for a three-course dinner there.
I also went to the French Room Saturday. It was spectacular. Portions were small, but I’m trying to remember–was last there in December, and I think that’s normal, because, duh, it’s European. We were all stuffed by the end–corn soup with a wild boar potsticker was fabulous, and I had the chicken, which was delicious also. My husband was very pleased with the snapper. Dessert–peanut butter chocolate thing–was average, but the service was great and the experience was such a fun one. I think they also put some extra tables in–seemed more crowded and louder than usual–but really, for $35 a person I will take what I can get! Great experience overall.
Went to Eddie V’s Saturday night. Had a very good meal. We had the fourth course of blackened scallops with blue cheese sauce. Enthusiastic wait staff, if a bit uninformed. Smoked Salmon and Cod entrees were really good. Pineapple Upsidedown Cake was great too.
Only drawback was salad was supposed to have feta cheese, but had blue cheese instead. They even called back to see if we were pleased with our dinner. I think I liked it better than Fearings, if you’re wanting fish.
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